The quilt is a small, finishing at about 24" square; the applique chicken quilt block finishes at 14" x 14". Although the quilt is not truly a miniature -- because the chicken block is large -- its first border is made up of miniature square in a square blocks, all quick pieced for easy assembly.
Use any technique you like, hand or machine, to applique the patches to the background square. A few applique methods:
For the chicken's body: a piece of fabric that measures about 13" x 13"
For the chicken's comb: red fabric (or another color) that's about 4" x 5"
For the heart: red fabric (or another color) that measures about 4" x 5" (or cut your own heart by folding fabric in half -- elementary school style)
Background square: cut a square about 15-1/2" x 15-1/2" (increase slightly for more squaring up wiggle room)
Use a variety of prints if you prefer to make a scrap quilt, but try to keep contrast fairly consistent for patches used in similar positions. Read the pattern before cutting fabric.
Square in a Square Blocks (make 32 that finish at 2" square)
- (32) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares from red print (block centers)
- (68) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from green print (form outer edges of border)
- (60) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from gold print (form inner edges of border)
The patchwork blocks can be constructed in a couple of different ways -- one uses larger triangles sewn to sides of squares. The quick piecing method we'll use makes it easy to handle small patches of fabric with ease, and is more suitable for scrap quilts.
Other MaterialsOuter border: 1/3 yard
Backing: a single or pieced panel about 30" square (a bit larger if you plan to do a lot of intricate quilting)
Batting: low loft batting to match size of backing
Continuous binding strips: about 120 running inches of doublefold binding to finish at 1/4" wide (quilt binding strip instructions)
Fabric for a hanging sleeve if desired.